I just had dinner with some friends at Chicken & Beer Bar & Restaurant located at C7 The Fort Residences, 2nd Ave corner 30th Street, Burgos Circle, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City. This place serves one of the yummiest yet most affordable Korean chicken in town. I dare say that it rivals even Bonchon at its best. But what I love is that they have generous servings at quite reasonable prices.
For instance, the Spicy Korean Chicken Set above which I ordered cost me only P165. Because of my palate for spicy food, I don’t consider this quite spicy. It is just the right balance of sweet, sour, and spicy in one flavorful dish. The juicy goodness permeates not just the skin but even the tender meat of the chicken. Served with hot rice (how Filipino!) and a refreshing side dish of lettuce, it was a deceptively simple yet quite filling meal.
Another favorite is the Spicy Korean Barbecue Chicken Set which has a price tag of only P170. This rich and big piece of yummy barbecued chicken seems too good for the steamed rice and side salad. I personally would want to just eat it on its own with a good bottle of beer. There are of course, lots of other chicken reincarnations in their menu to satisfy your fancy.
Aside from their menu, I especially liked the ambiance of the place. The walls are filled with fun murals that let you pose with it to create a visual trompe l’oeil effect similar to the Trick Eye Museum in Seoul. K-Pop lovers will also enjoy the non-stop K-Pop music and videos being played in the restaurant. There are also autographed photos of some Korean stars like Lee Min-Ho and Jang Geun-Seuk on display. To me, the place feels like a cross between a trendy bar and a fastfood restaurant without being too dark or too commercial.
So if you’re looking for a nice place to hang out or unwind in – Chicken & Beer is definitely highly recommended by me. It gives you a taste of Korea with just the right touch of Filipino to it (Koreans don’t eat rice with chicken). Plus, it’s not overcrowded yet since it just opened December of last year! The place is known only to those living or working in the area – or to Koreans.